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Apr 192017
 

We need to find the one who is the biggest reason of  joy, blessing, and our own existence

“‘ Jesus said, ‘ woman, why do you weep? Who is it you are looking for? ‘ Thinking he was the gardener, Mary said: ‘ Lord, if you took tell me where you put Him, I will search for Him ‘ ” (John 20, 15).

Mary Magdalene was outside the Tomb, in fact, she wouldn’t let go of that grave for anything. Since the day that Jesus met Mary and changed her life, she never left him.

When the Lord was crucified, she accompanied him. When he was placed in the Tomb there was Mary. So she was honored to be the first witness, first disciple, who, in fact, contemplated the risen one. She was still crying, disconsolate, looking for the Lord.

Sometimes we meet Mary: outside the Tomb, looking for the Lord

Mary Magdalene was actually looking for the joy and the reason of her life; she searched for he who was the resurrected, first; The one who had given reason to her existence.

Mary was crying because she was looking for the reason of her life and the men had him taken away. But she wanted to see him, even if it was just his body.

You know, I also cried a lot in life. Each has his reason to cry, each has the reason to his or her sadness. But we cry at times and we are disappointed and, sometimes, we let ourselves be consoled momentarily by a human, that brings us then to other sorrows in life.

We need consolation, we need to find the one that is the biggest reason for joy, for blessing of our own existence. Mary found Him and her life was never the same! Since she found Jesus, she made him the biggest reason of her life.

It is not enough to just meet with the risen Jesus. It is necessary to allow him to be the greatest reason of our life. You need to allow him to be the definitive full joy of our joyful heart, our life and our existence. It is necessary to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

Our heart will no longer be the same, our life will never be the same. Our tears will be shed, but we will be consoled and by Christ himself. We can’t lose him. And if you still haven’t found it, you need to find him and do as Mary Magdalene did: witness to all that Jesus is alive and is the Lord.

Bring to all the good news of the resurrection of Jesus.

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

You can write to Fr. Roger at padrerogercn@gmail.com

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Mar 162017
 

Brooklyn Museum - The Pharisees and the Saduccees Come to Tempt Jesus (Les pharisiens et les saducéens viennent pour tenter Jésus) - James Tissot - overallThe heart full of evil is far from God! If we want to be less Pharisees in life, we need to approach God and stop being gossips!

“These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mark 7: 6).

Dear brothers and sisters, the Pharisees are upset because Jesus and His disciples eat and drink without washing hands. We know that by an oral tradition that we receive from others, which passed from person to person, the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands without washing cups, pots, copper pots and all the utensils for power; and that there is an excess of rigor to wash their hands and so on.

It exists today in our midst, many people who have an excess of careful cleaning. We all need to be clean, hygienic, but be careful because the excesses seem an obsession! And the obsession with cleanliness is something very terrible because one sees dirt everywhere; for all the places that she looks, it seems there is dirt. And it will create within itself prejudices and misconceptions, she distrusts the cleaning of any glass in any dish.

The Pharisees, described in today’s Gospel, do it with a certain amount of evil. You know those people who do not speak, but think [something against someone]? You know those people who sometimes greet you and always look suspicious, wanting to tell you this or that? Judging you, interpreting according to their concepts and prejudices.

We often do it too! And that risk and danger of being rejected by God, because we honor Him with our lips, praise Him, glorify Him, and bless, then stretch our hands and our tongues to receive the Eucharist, but often our hearts is far from him!

We can not deny it, but even among us, Jesus’ followers, how many times do we let evil grow within us! Evil against others, against situations; we can only look at things from the perspective of evil. So we know that slander is born, accusations, but above all gossip.

Gossip is something for people who have questionable character. It is for those who have no courage or willingness to say what needs to be spoken or are silent when it is necessary. This person is lives creating situations to talk about this or that. Of gossip is born the greatest evils is born misinterpretations, born the labels we play with and create on people. It is no distant comparison, but is very close for helping us to understand that self-righteousnessness leads to gossip. Are the Pharisees who think Jesus. The gossips today think Jesus in another way: they do through their children, siblings, followers and disciples of Him.

So if we want to be less the Pharisees in life, we must not give in to gossips: we need to stop being gossips! And we can not allow this evil, which is called “gossip” or “slander”, a part of our life.

Jesus loved and welcomed everyone, the worst sinners, according to our concepts, but had no way to host the Pharisee who was full of malice or who was gossiping maliciously.

May God purify our hearts! Do not just honor Him with your lips, because our heart is full of evil. This purification is from the Lord.

God bless you!

Father Roger Araujo
Priest of the New Song Community, journalist and member of the New Song Portal team.

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Mar 152017
 

25966158172_e25222d9c2_zWe can lose the battles, but the war was won. Christ is alive and resurrected, is in the midst of us to lift our spirits and confidence

The angels said, “Woman, why are you weeping?”. She replied: “They have taken my Lord and I don’t know where they put him” (John 20.13).

Mary Magdalene went to the Tomb early in the morning to be at the side of the Lord, but when she got there, she did not find his body, the tomb was empty. She started crying compulsively, even angels who were present were giving her the first consolation: “why are you crying?”.

In our life we often encounter situations where we weep for sadness and disappointment, because something is not right within us. We cry due to losses and troubles; we cry because we put our hope where it failed because we lost someone very dear or because we received bad news.

There are those for whom the tears flow from their eyes, and also those who, perhaps, don’t let them fall, but are crying on the inside. There is a cry that is sadness, longing, need and comfort.

A very important thing: the risen Christ comes to wipe away all our tears and to lead us toask ourselves: “why cry? Why are you sad and discouraged? Why is my soul so upset? “. We need to answer why.

Mary said she was crying because her Lord had been stolen, He was not there. And why do we cry? Why does the sadness comes knocking on our door? We need to put it out, vent it and let the reasons that grieve our hearts and make us cry in life out of us .

Jesus is alive and risen. He is the solace of our soul and our hearts! We can lose the battles, but the war was won and Christ is alive and resurrected, He is in the midst of us to lift our mood, our confidence and doesn’t allow us to lose hope, whatever the situation, whatever the tribulation or anguish that we spent in this life.

Do not be discouraged, don’t give your soul to discouragement and despair, don’t give your heart to failure. Our ultimate victory has already been proclaimed and is among us! So if you have 1000 reasons to be sad, we have a single one that lightens our souls and our hearts definitely.

Be the consolation of mourners, the mood of those who are discouraged, the hope of those who are lost. Bear witness that Christ is alive, witness the one who met with him and that made all the difference in your life. Don’t bring discouragement, despair, do not create panic among the people. Do not use the expression “there’s no way!” There is a way, because, to death that seemed have no way out, Christ brought to life.

When a situation in life appears totally hopeless, sow the seed of resurrection.For even what appears worse and greater than is the Calvary, will sprout new life!

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

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Mar 142017
 

“We are useless servants; We did what we had to do ” (Luke 17, 10).

19778287871_8dccee02d2_zThere is a mercantilist mentality that often guides human actions and is present even in the way we relate to God.

We want to be rewarded, we want you to give us a return, because we work for him, because He is served, because we went to church and because we seek to be good and generous.

Kindness is a reward; be good, be in God, it’s a sublime grace. We can’t do things with the expectation of receiving something in return. Some people want to do trade with God: ‘ I can do it, if God gives me that. I’m going to commit, because God will give me that! ‘.

God already gives to us, it’s sublime in His generosity toward us. He was the one who gave us life, He allows us to live every day if we are moved by humility, God gives us the grace more sublime to savor his presence in every thing, in every situation in which we live. It can be in the pain, the suffering, the tribulations, the difficulties and the things that don’t work out.

We can’t have the mentality, the thought that we will be free from this and that, that we’re not going to have disease, that we will no experience difficulties, because we serve the God. Sometimes, you spend the whole time serving him, but, when it comes to a painful point that passes by or some tribulation and hardship, we turn to God and say, “Lord, I serve my whole life, I’ve always been at your disposal, I’ve always been faithful to you. And this is what I get in return? Is that what you give me? “.

Some talk as if God sent us a punishment, an ordeal, a deprivation; as if he was taking all from us. Even if the Lord allows us to go through any trouble in this life, it is an opportunity to say to ourselves that we don’t serve to God for what he gives us.

We serve the Lord for what he is: always good, always Father and always grace! We don’t have anything, however, we’re not going to expect retribution from God for having nothing to offer, but we can be thankful from the heart, to be his children, everything else is extra.

What is essential is that we are children of God and we need to live as such: live the grace to serve with dedication and commitment; not to be moved by the mentality that we need to be compensated by God.

God is good and completely good! May He bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

Canção Nova [New Song] community priest, journalist and collaborator of the Canção Nova Portal.

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Mar 132017
 

Brooklyn Museum - The Sower (Le semeur) - James Tissot - overall

“The sower went out to sow the Word of God” (Mark 4: 3).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have heard many times the Parable of the Sower, and every time it is addressed to us, it is a reminder, to understand how the Kingdom of God is happening among us.

First, the sower is every man, every woman, every apostle and all those who do as Jesus did: throwing the seeds in the Kingdom of God among mankind. The sower is one that spreads the Word of God, in every way and in every way, proclaiming, singing, preaching, tweeting, copying and passing to others the seed of the Gospel.

Who receives, through a text or even an audio, the daily homily, the daily liturgy, the Word, the Gospel! It’s our way of the spreading the [Word of God] seed, throwing it on social networks, talking about it to others in our work, in our commitments, our obligations; gathering together in Bible circles, meeting our in our home and in our families to be sowers of the Word.

You and I can not omit ourselves, we are called by God to be sowers of His Word in the heart of humanity, within our family, the people who are with us in our work and wherever we are. The apostle of Jesus does not rest, he is a walking sower, through which he plays the good seed!

We are powered by the seed of the Word of God, move and sown in our hearts, we have to persevere because the Word has three enemies that need to be fought for it to have power and effectiveness in our hearts and in our lives.

The first enemy of the Word is called: distraction We are very distracted, we heard the Word, we find it beautiful, beautiful, but the distraction comes and takes away what we hear, what has been sown in our hearts.. We often travel, mentally speaking, we are concerned about this and that and the power of the Word does not grow on us because we let the enemy, called “distraction”, take the Word in our hearts.

The second enemy of God’s Word is called: inconstancy; which means lack of patience, lack of consistency, regularity. We are very moved by the waves of time; now we are excited about it, pray with it, but there come other things and situations and now we have to fall for them. We do not have deep roots, we do not know how to persevere in what we started.Sometimes we order, “Oh, I’ll read the Word of God every day!” However, the first thing that appears and we leave left this commitment aside.

The third enemy of the Word is called: a concern; the worries of life, the illusion with wealth, with so many worldly desires, worldly, which choke the power of the Word of God in us. When we do not give our concerns to care of our relation with God and our affection for Him, they choke our lives. The Word of God may look pretty, but it will not grow in us if we let ourselves take the concerns and the excesses of life and the world.

Who listens carefully to the Word of God with joyfulness and allows it to grow and be fruitful, that yes, bears fruit; thirty, a hundred, no matter the amount, the most important is that it will bear fruit in our lives!

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

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Feb 132017
 

pe_rogerThe grace of God actually has the grace to renew our hearts what is old, antiquated and outdated

Nobody puts a patch of new cloth on an old clothes; because the patch again jerking the old cloth and the tear becomes bigger ” (mark 2, 21).

In fact, we put a new patch in a new outfit, put new wine into new skins to retain the wine and also the wineskin. The truth is that to welcome the newness of God you have to have a new layout, a new mentality, a new heart.

The grace of God actually has the grace to renew our hearts from what is old, antiquated and outdated. If humanity is renewed, imagine how much more renewed will be our heart, our life and mindset! We need to renew our House always!

‘ Renew ‘ doesn’t mean change everything, throw it all away, but clean, caring, ordering better things to make them better.

Every new situation requires a new adaptation. Yourr house was small, it was just you and your husband, but the kids came along and now you are living in a new reality. But you want to live like before, when you were single and others are taking up your space.

Open yourself to the new, for the newness! Life renews itself when we don’t get attached to what we have, to what we do, who we are, and learn. And we open ourselves to the novelty of God!

It is important to remember that ‘ new ‘ is not the newness. There are people who only live in search of novelty, they only want newness. It’s not about new things, just to know new things. Here, I refer to having a mindset open to be renewed.

The newness of the Gospel is that of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This Gospel is always new when I open a new form to welcome you in my life.

I think it’s a very big danger those who just live in search of newnesss. Sometimes, I hear the expression: “I want the newest!”. It is a danger, a mistake, a temptation that modernity will lead our lives and our hearts. 

The novelty that always renewing us is the word of God penetrating inside, in our heart. Many did not convert to Jesus, did not have their lives transformed, why? because they didn’t open to the novelty of the Kingdom of God.

If we do not let go the knowledge that we have, the wisdom that we think we have,our way of seeing life and bad things, the novelty of the grace of God won’t happen in our life.

Grace is new, but the heart is aged, it is not open to the new; so, the new does not penetrate into us.

May the word of God come to renew, release, purify and transform our inner reality.

God bless you!

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